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by Vermonter17032
Mon May 05, 2008 9:00 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Your worst film adaptation ...
Replies: 102
Views: 5876

Re: Your worst film adaptation ...

My vote goes to The Prince of Tides.... Yes, I know the movie won several awards, but it focussed almost exclusively on the romance/love story, which was only a small (and the least interesting) part of a great book.

Steve Z.
by Vermonter17032
Sun May 04, 2008 8:45 pm
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: Help requested picking an info/file/knowledge manager
Replies: 9
Views: 1570

Re: Help requested picking an info/file/knowledge manager

I am new to the Mac (well, really returning, as I had a Mac II 18 years ago), so my experience isn't very extensive at this point, but I would have to agree that the all around best information manager is DevonThink. In fact, DevonThink can create wiki-style links automatically if you set that optio...
by Vermonter17032
Thu May 01, 2008 8:48 pm
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: Books on writing
Replies: 55
Views: 17966

Re: Books on writing

I'm surprised no one has yet mentioned William Zinsser's "On Writing Well." An excellent guide for improving one's writing.

Steve
by Vermonter17032
Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:45 pm
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: help me out, recommend a killer nonfiction book for me...
Replies: 66
Views: 22751

Re: help me out, recommend a killer nonfiction book for me...

Sky,

Though I live in New England, I love the southwest. It must have been nice living in Tucson. If you have any recommendations for other books about that area, I'd welcome hearing about them. Of course, I've read Edward Abbey -- Desert Solitaire is a favorite.

Thanks!

Steve
by Vermonter17032
Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:55 pm
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: help me out, recommend a killer nonfiction book for me...
Replies: 66
Views: 22751

Re: help me out, recommend a killer nonfiction book for me...

A personal favorite of mine is Going Back to Bisbee by Richard Shelton. It is part travelogue, part autobiography, all set in SE Arizona. Wow. I can't believe someone else has the same affection for this book that I do.... Heck, I don't think I even know anyone else who has read it! Shelton beautif...
by Vermonter17032
Thu Apr 24, 2008 8:06 pm
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: Best free word processor
Replies: 12
Views: 1596

Re: Best free word processor

Amber and Robert, Thank you for the suggestions. I've installed Bean... looks like a useful application. I tried to find AbiWord for Mac, but the download site at abiword.org seems to only have links for Windows and Linux versions. NeoOffice does look a bit bloated and I probably won't install that ...
by Vermonter17032
Thu Apr 24, 2008 6:47 pm
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: Best free word processor
Replies: 12
Views: 1596

Best free word processor

Hi, all, Having just bought a MacBook and coming from the PC realm. The first software I bought was Scriviner, but I need a word processor as well. From what I've read, Nisus Pro, Mellel and Pages are likely the best choices, but my budget prevents me from purchasing these at this time, so I am wond...
by Vermonter17032
Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:15 pm
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: The Book of Air and Shadows
Replies: 2
Views: 842

The Book of Air and Shadows

Hi, all, I just finished reading Michael Gruber's engaging novel, The Book of Air and Shadows, about the hunt for a lost Shakespearean manuscript. It is a compelling thriller with a unique narrative structure. It is also a rumination on the impact of narrative archetypes on the way we act. I enjoyed...
by Vermonter17032
Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:50 pm
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: Notebook vs. Notetaker
Replies: 9
Views: 1517

Re: Notebook vs. Notetaker

Katherine, Thank you for your thoughts about DevonThink and Notebook... I see them as complementary programs. Notebook for jotting notes and project-oriented organization, and DevonThink as a recepticle for documents I want to keep track of for whatever future purposes. Do you you think that would b...
by Vermonter17032
Sat Apr 19, 2008 1:34 am
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: Notebook vs. Notetaker
Replies: 9
Views: 1517

Re: Notebook vs. Notetaker

Thank you for the further input. Notebook sounds like a fine application. I like the indexing feature. That seems very useful... something OneNote does not have.

I've read good things about DevonThink, as well. Seems to me that Notebook, DevonThink and Scrivener might all complement one another.
by Vermonter17032
Fri Apr 18, 2008 7:38 pm
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: Notebook vs. Notetaker
Replies: 9
Views: 1517

Re: Notebook vs. Notetaker

Amber, Thank you for the feedback. I'm relieved to read that Notebook is generally considered a stronger application, because it is also $20 cheaper. I have looked at some of the other note taking programs, but I use OneNote on the PC and like the notebook metaphore. However, I will look at those ot...
by Vermonter17032
Fri Apr 18, 2008 5:35 pm
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: Notebook vs. Notetaker
Replies: 9
Views: 1517

Notebook vs. Notetaker

Hello, I just took the plunge, adding a MacBook to the PCs in my life. I made this purchase mostly to take advantage of the apparently better writing/outlining software available for Mac -- and, of course, Scrivener is at the top of my list. But I'm also looking at a general purpose note taking prog...
by Vermonter17032
Tue Apr 15, 2008 2:28 pm
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Scrivener or equivalent for Windows XP?
Replies: 21
Views: 2602

Re: Scrivener or equivalent for Windows XP?

Like you, I'm stuck for the time being in the PC world (though I'm strongly considering a MacBook). In the meantime, a nice little application that has the "cork board" metaphore is Super Note Card (http://www.mindola.com). It is a Java application which is also available for Mac OS.